Train Conductor Salary
Train Conductors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.18 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Train Conductors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$39,403 - $101,675|
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|$35,236 - $92,911|
|Hourly Rate||$15.24 - $33.61|
|Overtime||$11.31 - $52.55|
|Total Pay (||$35,236 - $92,911|
Job Description for Train Conductor
Train conductors are responsible for managing the crew and operations of passenger/freight trains. These conductors are also in charge of tasks which do not involve actual operation of the train, such as inspecting cars before departure to ensure that they are intact and functioning properly. They also maintain communication with others involved in operating trains via radio, telephone, and hand signals.Read More...
Train conductors often work with railroad crew members to connect and disconnect cars, use switches, and perform repairs and general maintenance. Those in this position must be able to understand the various communications involved in railroad operation to accurately place cars where they belong, and must also be aware of surroundings at all times to prevent theft and other suspicious activity.
Strong communication skills are important for this position in order to work well with other crew members, and the ability to perform tasks quickly without sacrificing the crew's safety is essential. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma is required, and on-the-job training is often provided. The job can be physically demanding and require conductors to lift heavy items, crawl, stoop, and bend to reach awkward places. Medical examinations are generally administered prior to hiring for this position. Shifts vary greatly, and some conductors may be required to be on-call.
Train Conductor Tasks
- Coordinate movement of trains and rail cars.
- Maintain accurate, clear documentation of train movement.
- Communicate train and rail movement or switches with crew.
- Operate track switches, inspect, couple and un-couple rail cars.
Popular Employer Salaries for Train Conductor
For Train Conductors, comfortable salaries can be found at Union Pacific Railroad; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area.
Pay by Experience Level for Train Conductor
Pay by Experience for a Train Conductor has a positive trend. An entry-level Train Conductor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 92 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Train Conductor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Train Conductor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 13 salaries. A Train Conductor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 9 salaries.
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